Cascade, HiyaHiya, Knitter’s Pride, and Moda Fabrics

Cascade 220 The Loopy EweHappy Columbus Day to those of you in the U.S.! (We were out of the shop today, since it’s a No Mail Monday. I worked on …. a sweater! Can you believe it? That’s all I’m going to say about it until it is finished. And it will get finished.) Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to those of you in Canada! Happy Monday to everyone else! 🙂 We added new things to the website tonight. Just up:

Cascade 220 and 220 Superwash – this worsted weight is perfect for quick holiday gifts, since it knits up fast and beautiful. The regular 220 can also be used for felting, so it makes great bags and slippers. The 220 Superwash is especially nice for kids clothes and blankets, since you can toss it in the washer and dryer when you need to. (Shown here in Cherry, 2426.)

Cascade Fixation – this DK weight yarn is 98 % cotton and 2% elastic, so it’s perfect to use for people who don’t tolerate wool. The yarn has a slight “give” to it, so even though there are only 100 yards in a ball, I made a women’s size 11 sock out of one ball. The slight stretch makes the yarn go further!

Cascade Heritage Silk The Loopy EweCascade Heritage Sock and Heritage Silk – fingering weight yarn, perfect for socks and shawls. The regular Sock is 75% Superwash Merino and 25% nylon, while the Silk is 85% Superwash Merino and 15% Silk, which adds a slight sheen to the yarn. (Shown here in Heritage Silk, Aqua Foam, 5630).

Cascade Ultra Pima – this is one of our most popular cotton lines. The DK weight is 100% pima cotton, so it’s soft and gorgeous to work with. Great for sweaters and tank tops that are a bit cooler than all wool blends.

HiyaHiya – sharp, steel and bamboo needles re-stocked, as well as Kitty Snips, Puppy Snips, and Knitter’s Safety Pins.

Knitter’s Pride – DPN’s and Circulars re-stocked.

French General The Loopy EweModa Fabric – French General Josephine, which includes prints in reds, browns, and creams in a variety of prints and color variations. Here’s a shop sample that we’re working on out of the French General line. (No bindings or quilting yet, but isn’t the piecing pretty?) We used the Blue and Gray Trail pattern out of this line of patterns, which works so well with the reproduction-type fabric. (Although I also think those patterns would be really fun in current fabric prints as well!).

Moda Scrumptious The Loopy EweModa Fabric – Scrumptious, which includes prints in limes, aquas, creams and mixes. These are such happy, fun colors, and they’d work equally well for garments as well as quilts. Here are just a few of the bolts we added in this line.

Have fun shopping and we’ll be in tomorrow to get all of your orders packed up and on their way!

Sheri thesweaterpatternIpicked?FunkyGrandpa.

Cricket’s New Molly Carpetbag

I wish you all could be here for Thursday Night Knit Nights. We have a lot of fun! Last night, we were celebrating Cricket’s first published pattern. The Molly Carpetbag is in the Interweave Knits Winter 2012 issue, available on the Interweave website, and at bookstores on 11/20.

You might remember Cricket from the post I did about her demo-ing steeks at one of our Knit Nights. Cricket’s mind overflows with pattern ideas, and she is particularly gifted at designing cool felted bags. The Molly Carpetbag is done with two colors of felt-able worsted weight (like Cascade 220) and measures about 11″ wide and 10″ tall (depending on the felting). The top picture shows the bag that she knit up for the magazine photo shoot. The second photo is the bag that Cricket made for me last spring, which I absolutely love. She has more beautiful styles and designs in the works. We get a sneak peak at them when she brings them to Knit Night to work on. As she puts out more patterns, I’ll be sure to show them to you. Her patterns make me want to knit felted bags again. Her next pattern would make the coolest knitting bag. (And you know how I feel about knitting bags.) It’s big and beautiful and will be a perfect next-pattern, after you’ve tried your hand at the Molly Bag.

We’re supposed to get some snow this weekend. I can’t wait. I have my knitting projects all picked out. Actually, my list will take me clear through Thanksgiving and on into Christmas. Do you need us to send you a new project before the upcoming holidays? We can do that. You’d hate to run out of yarn and projects in the middle of the holiday season, right?

Sheri gladit’sFriday,lookingforwardtotheweekend

P.S. Monday is a holiday – Veteran’s Day – here in the States. We won’t be here at the shop to ship orders since there is no mail delivery. However, we’ll be sure to do a Monday Update for you, so watch for that sometime Monday evening.